Khmer migrant labourers in Thailand
November 29, 2007, 3:45 am
Filed under: Social Issues


The Nation, Thailand

Thailand should give migrant labourers a break once in a while

Re: “Illegal Cambodian immigrant miscarries inside cell”, News, November 28.

Published on November 29, 2007

        It’s sad to hear that a fellow Khmer woman miscarried in a Pattaya Police Station detention room after she was arrested along with 21 other Cambodians.

        This might be seen as a tragedy in the civilised world. But such a sad thing is just one of a million miseries found in the resource-rich but impoverished nation of Cambodia. Decades of civil war, genocide, foreign occupation, land grabbing by rich and powerful people, rampant corruption and mismanagement of the country’s resources have left the poorest Cambodians with few options and means to survive.

        Like their Burmese brothers and sisters, many Cambodians have decided to leave the country for Thailand in the hope that they can make some money as a labourer or even a beggar.

        The arrest of the pregnant woman and the other illegal Cambodian immigrants plunges them into double misery. They are not the only people who suffer, but their sick parents and hungry children back home may also die waiting for the little bit of money that will never come.

        We hope that the Thai authorities will allow poor Cambodians to survive in Thailand until their country knows better how to care for their suffering and share its resources with its own people.

Moeun Chhean Nariddh

Phnom Penh


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I hope Cambodian governemnt work harder to solve the problems.

Comment by Vina Moeun

Dear Mr. Nariddh,

I very much like to read your blog postings; they are insightful and professional. I hope more professionals go online and discuss things that can bring better change to our Cambodian society.

Comment by Thai Sothea

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